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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 5, 2011 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick Latvala (part 3)

It's funny how the focus-on-the-positive came up right about the same time as your original comment, which you have thankfully rescinded.

We, as Deadheads, have certainly benefitted from Latvala's dedication to getting the music out there. His determination with this music is obsessive yet admirable.

Latvala may not have had the genius or output of Garcia, or any other successful junkie, but he did leave one heck of a legacy that is important to anyone who cares about tape trading.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 5, 2011 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick Latvala (part 3)

The irony is that it's my upbeat nature that correlates with this "see the negative" in the narrative above. Does that make sense? I could see you going on to do important things with the DEAD, but in a more upbeat, less destructive fashion (I just think along these lines), and we'd all be talking about it in 30 yrs: how your hobby became your life, your source of income, and everyone always patted you on your back for having done so well with merging the two. But, if I found out you took massive amounts of drugs to listen, seemed to have difficulty with the obsession, blah, blah, blah, next year or so into this dream life, I'd try to talk you out of it, ya know? Somehow it occurred to me that there HAD to be a better way to achieve it; but of course, that's always the case, eh? Hindsight and all...

Hang in there kid.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 5, 2011 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick Latvala (part 3)

I think I get what you are saying. Although he followed his passion and obtained his dream job, he was not able to have this "success" without the associated destructive behavior that he partook in to deal with his stress or other reasons. In that respect, there is a bittersweet and tragic aspect to yet another GD "hero".

I'm hanging in there WTell, though it's tough lookin for that first job out of university.